A word of many meanings, vanity in its Latin form, ‘vanitas,’ meaning empty, hollow, useless, and illusory, used to designate symbolic works of art (paintings, sculptures but also jewelry) of the 16th and 17th centuries in Northern Europe that refer to the worthless nature of all earthly goods and pursuits.
Running until September, the Vanity exhibition is a thorough journey into the history of Cycladic jewelry and explores the links between ancient and modern Greek jewelry pieces and artifacts starting from Neolithic times until today.
The majority of the pieces in the exhibition, consisting of loans from various national museums and private collections, have never been displayed publicly. The artifacts include intricately ornate jewelry in gold, bronze, and silver as well as more simple pieces made from nonmetallic materials (think shell, bone, and even ivory).
The display will be supplemented with other pieces of art, such as paintings, to point out the cultural importance attached to jewelry.
The exhibition closes with creations custom-made for the occasion by major Greek jewelry designers such as Lito, Sofia Vamiali, Νikos Koulis, Deux Hommes, Venyx by Eugenie Niarchos, Ileana Makri, Ιoanna Souflia, Minas, Sophia Kokosalaki, Two is Company, Yannis Sergakis, and Elena Syraka.
Vanity is the fruit of the joint efforts of the Municipality of Mykonos, the Ministry of Culture and Sports, and private donations and grants and was made possible with the financial support of the Municipality.